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How to Transfer HEIC Images from iPhone X to Old iPhone

By Lois Green, Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Summary: To view HEIC photos on all iOS devices, including the old iPhone (iPhone 6s and former), read this post to get 4 solutions to share HEIF files between iPhones.

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HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) is a new file format of images which was introduced in iOS 11. HEIC will be used by default on new photos on iOS 11 devices, and it’s designed to save the storage when capturing or saving images/photos. HEIF files are stored on your iPhone X (iOS 11), and you want to share or use these HEIF files on old iPhone devices, how to do that? You may need a solution to transfer HEIC images/photos from iPhone X to old iPhone device.

Solution 1: Transfer HEIC from iPhone X to old iPhone with iTunes

iTunes is a free and reliable tool to help you transfer HEIC files from new iPhone to old iPhone. The only thing you need to do before data transfer is downloading and installing the latest version of iTunes on your computer. Then follow the steps bellow to easily transfer HEIC images, photos from iX to old iPhone device.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone X to your computer via USB cable. You need to extract photos from iPhone X to computer first. Then disconnect your iPhone X.

Step 2: Then connect the old iPhone with your computer.

Step 3: Open iTunes and click on the device tab at the upper left corner.

Step 4: Choose "Photos" or other HEIC files from the left sidebar.

Step 5: Check "Sync Photos" and select "Choose folder". Then select the photo folder of your iPhone X.

Step 6: Once done, hit "Apply" to begin.

Sync Photos


Solution 2: Transfer HEIC from iPhone X to old iPhone with iCloud

Transferring HEIC files from iPhone X to old iPhone via iCloud is very easy to understand. You just need to save the backup of your iPhone X and then restore the saved backup to your old iPhone. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Navigate go to "Settings > iCloud" on your new iPhone X.

Step 2: Select the backup option and proceed by clicking on the "Back Up Now" option.

Back up Data to iCloud


Step 3: On your old iPhone set the Language & Network and select "Restore from iCloud Backup."

Step 4: Log in with your Apple ID and choose the backup files to restore.

Restore iCloud Backup


Solution 3: Transfer HEIC from iPhone X to old iPhone with FonePaw iOS Transfer.

Actually, you can’t make sure of 100% successful data transfer between iPhone X and old iPhone via iTunes or iCloud. For instance, bad network or insufficient iCloud storage could lead to unsuccessful HEIC transfer between iPhone X and old iPhone. Fortunately, iOS data transfer software – FonePaw iOS Transfer can solve all the problems. It can help you easily and quickly transfer HEIC images, photos from iPhone X to old iPhone without any data loss. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Install FonePaw iOS Transfer.

First of all, download and install FonePaw iOS Transfer on your PC or Mac. Then run it on your computer (if you are using a Mac, run this software from Launchpad).

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Step 2: Connect iPhone X and old iPhone with your computer.

Connect two iPhones with your computer via USB cable. Now, FonePaw iOS Transfer will recognize and list the iOS devices on the screen.

Connect Devices to PC


Step 3: Transfer HEIC images/photos from iPhone X to old iPhone.

Choose the photos on sending device and click "Export to" > "Old iPhone's  name", then this software will begin to transfer the HEIC images and photos from iPhone X to your old iPhone.

Transfer Between iPhones


Solution 4: Transfer HEIC from iPhone X to old iPhone with AirDrop

No matter which iDevices you have, you can share the .heic files anytime with AirDrop. Just try this way:  

1. Enable AirDrop on both iPhone X and the older device, like iPhone 6s Plus. You can select "Contact Only" (if the iPhone X's number is in the old iPhone's list) or "Everyone".

Enable AirDrop

2. Choose the HEIC photos on iPhone X and tap "Share" button to select the ideal device to AirDrop picutres.

Share Photos via AirDrop

3. On the receiving device, tap "Accept" and you will get the HEIC files in JPG format. Thus, you can check anytime and anywhere.

All of the four solutions above can help you transfer HEIC files from iPhone X to old iPhone (especially iPhone 6s/6s Plus, 6/6Plus, 5/5s/5s, etc). However, we strongly recommend you to use the third solution: transfer HEIC images/photos from iPhone X to old iPhone with FonePaw iOS Data Transfer This solution is much more efficient and has no restrictions.

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